Australian Music The Best Australian Bands, Ranked  

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Who are the best Australian bands? The best bands from Australia you'll find on this list come from a variety of different musical genres, including rock, pop, metal, electronic, jam, punk, and acoustic. Sometimes known as "Oz Rock," rock n' roll has prevailed in Australia for the past 50 years.  

Three distinct types of rock made their way to the outback between 1955 - 1975. The first wave in the '50s was influenced by both American and British music. Most of the tunes in this era were fairly clean-cut acts, and often appeared on Bandstand. However, the Beatles swooped in shortly after and changed everything. With them came other pop acts, such as The BeeGees and The Easybeats. The third wave occurred in the early '70s, and influenced a new style of rock called "pub rock." The most famous pub rock band to come out of this decade was of course, AC/DC.  

Music lovers who are looking for new music to listen to can use this list of talented Australian musicians to discover some great new bands and artists. Vote up the best Australian bands, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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3,044 1,174
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

2
2,060 1,402
INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

3
1,914 1,032
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
2,566 661
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

5
1,307 1,433
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

6
1,114 542
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

7
1,331 1,143
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

8
1,383 957
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

9
798 539
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rock music

10
742 490
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

11
936 687
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PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

12
737 380
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

13
863 507
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
883 414
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, College rock

15
670 716
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

16
757 392
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PaulCollins added Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

17
938 340
Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
579 348
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

19
909 503
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

20
628 696
Jet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

21
877 538
The Church is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

22
646 486
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

23
891 554
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

24
498 357
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

25
450 309
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

26
578 325
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PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

27
362 345
Mondo Rock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

28
506 287
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

29
547 377
The Living End is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

30
426 301
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

31
800 1,105
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

32
408 283
Daddy Cool is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music

33
315 270
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

34
443 792
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

35
739 507
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

36
412 569
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

37
422 229
Ian Moss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Rock music, Blues

38
465 523
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

39
589 547
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

40
412 359
The Saints is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
HelenNguyen added Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

41
335 263
Billy Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

42
434 274
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

43
428 382
The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

44
285 247
The Masters Apprentices is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

45
722 1,027
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PaulCollins added Pop punk, Pop music

46
373 257
Baby Animals is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music, Indie rock

47
408 579
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PaulCollins added Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

48
440 342
John Farnham is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

49
301 407
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PaulCollins added Alternative rock, Indie rock

50
344 266
Johnny Diesel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll